Ottumwa Man Arrested for Attempted Murder

(OTTUMWA, Iowa) – On April 20, 2018, at approximately 5:07 PM, the Ottumwa Police department received a report of a motor vehicle accident that had occurred in the 900 block of South Sheridan Street in Ottumwa. Officers arrived on scene and determined that a domestic dispute had occurred at that location which involved a male subject who had physically assaulted a female. The suspect departed the location in a vehicle and returned a short time later. The suspect then drove his vehicle over the female victim who was still lying on the ground from the prior assault. The male suspect then fled the area.

The victim was identified as Tiffany Lynn Seddon, age 31, of 1017 S. Weller, Ottumwa. Seddon was transported to Ottumwa Regional Health Center and then Mercy Hospital in Des Moines for treatment of her injuries sustained in the assault.

Joseph Benjamin Dobbe, age 40, of 1017 S. Weller, Ottumwa, was identified as the suspect in this case. Dobbe was located at his mother’s residence located at 301 Bridge View Drive, Melrose, IA. Authorities responded to this address to attempt to arrest Dobbe. Dobbe refused to surrender to police and a standoff ensued for several hours.

The standoff ended after Dobbe began suffering from a medical problem which required him to be transported to a hospital in Centerville, Iowa. Dobbe was then transferred to Mercy West Hospital in West Des Moines. Dobbe was eventually taken into custody on April 21, 2018, after he recovered from his medical problem and was transported to the Polk County Jail.

Dobbe has been charged with Attempt to Commit Murder, a Class “B” felony, and Willful Injury, a Class “C” Felony.

Please note that a criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Jr. Babe Ruth Begins Season at the Lacey Recreation Complex

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – It was a beautiful evening for baseball as Jr. Babe Ruth hosted a double header at the Lacey Recreation Complex on Tuesday, April 24. Osky Grey played Osky Maroon in a season opener double header bringing fans to the stands.

Babe Ruth season is officially  underway with upcoming games Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday of next week.

Meow-Meow the Cat from SMAS

Meow-Meow is KBOE 104.9 FM & KMZN 99.5FM & 740AM‘s Pet of the Week from Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter.

At the moment, Meow-Meow is quite pregnant, so she won’t be ready to go to a new home for a couple of months. However, if you’re looking for a friend, she’s a great option for you. She loves to talk and will engage with just about anyone who is willing to listen.

If you are interested in Meow-Meow and would like to learn more about her (or any of her other furry friends at Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter), stop on out during business hours and have a meet-and-greet. 

Update: Sarge, our Pet of the Week from last week, has recently been adopted by our General Manager Rick Watts! Congratulations to both Sarge and Rick for finding each other.

Whalen, Carter, VanDerWal & Griffiths Take Opening Night Wins at Southern Iowa Speedway

Story by Jeremy Fox; Photo courtesy of the Southern Iowa Speedway (Osky), taken by Carroll Hoover Photography

Oskaloosa, Iowa (April 25th, 2018) – This past off-season was crazy and many wondered if there would be any racing action at the Southern Iowa Speedway. After the Southern Iowa Fair Board Race Committee met along with long-time competitor Nathan Wood, they worked together to make racing happen and numerous sponsors stepped up for to tie it all together and make the season possible.

After mother nature washed out last week, the roar of engines was back to life at the Musco Lighting Southern Iowa Speedway presented by KBOE 104.9 FM on Bill & Ray’s Truck Repair, Kool Seamless Gutters and Musco Lighting Night. It was also the first Kid’s Night, where there were many giveaways and car rides for the kid before the races.

A total of 61 cars checked in to do battle at the Monster Half Mile, 20 Hobby Stocks, 13 Sport Mods, 15 Stock Cars and 13 Sport Compacts.

First feature of the night was the Finish Line Auto Sales Sport Compacts 10-lap feature. Travis Musgrove was to start on the pole but it would be Bill Whalen Jr and Nathan Moody leading the field to the green. Unfortunately on the start, Moody made contact with another car coming down the front stretch. Moody’s night would end after he ended up on his side. On the restart, Whalen got a great restart and began to pull away until another caution came out for Jason Breuklander having mechanical issues and coming to a stop in turn one. Whalen held off Jimmy Haring and Tyler Haring for the win. Jimmy Haring finished second, Tyler Haring was third, Kyle Boyd finished fourth and Billy Cain was fifth.

The Midstate Machine Stock Cars feature saw the caution come out before a single lap scored in the books when Danny Thrasher spun collecting Howard Gordon Jr. and Carl Yaw Jr. Nathan Wood took advantage of his outside front row starting spot by jumping out to the early lead but Cayden Carter was working his way through the field and took the lead away from Wood on lap six. Carter and the field saw the caution come out on lap 17 forcing a green-white-checkered finish. Carter held off Wood to take the opening night win. Wood held off Mike Hughes, who worked his way through the field from 11th to finish 3rd. Brett Lowry and Dustin Griffiths was 4th and 5th.

Carter’s Manufacturing & Van’s Racing Sport Mods feature was the only feature to go caution free on the night. “The Tileman” Jason Hall led the first three laps for the feature before Jason McDaniel took the lead away on lap four. However McDaniel’s lead was short as Curtis VanDerWal worked his way to the top spot at the halfway point. VanDerWal went on to take the win ahead of McDaniel, Brayton Carter, Cory Van Zante and Blaine Webster.

Final feature of the night was the Parker Tree Service Hobby Stocks feature and it was Mike Kincaid who jumped out to the lead on lap one. Aaron Martin took advantage of a slight bobble by Kincaid on lap two to take the lead away. Martin led until lap six when the only race caution came out when Derek Kirkland came to a stop in turn three after his steering wheel came off. Dustin Griffiths grabbed the lead away from Martin and never looked back despite a late race charge by Scott Shull. Griffiths won with Shull in second. Eric Stanton, Martin and Brandon Cox rounded out the top five.

Next Wednesday night will be Binns & Stevens Dust Control and Supreme Lawn & Landscape Night at the Races. It’s also College Night meaning any college student is admitted free with their student ID. Adult prices are just $8, Military & Veterans are $5, Kids (6-15) $3, and 5 & Under get in free. Stock Cars, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts are on the card with Hot Laps at 7 PM and racing to follow.

For more information, “Like” Southern Iowa Speedway – Osky on Facebook or contact the Southern Iowa Fair Board at 641-673-7004.

Musco Lighting Southern Iowa Speedway presented by KBOE 104.9
Bill & Ray’s Truck Repair / Kool Seamless Gutters / Musco Lighting Night
April 25th, 2018

Midstate Machine Stock Cars

 – 1. 10CC Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 2. 52 Nathan Wood, Sigourney; 3. 11 Mike Hughes, Oskaloosa; 4. 4M Brett Lowry, Ottumwa; 5. 10G Dustin Griffiths, Hedrick; 6. 14 Derrick Agee, Moberly, Mo.; 7. 54 Mike Brown, New Sharon; 8. 72 Mike Harward, Floris; 9. 20RT Ricky Thornton Jr., Clive; 10. 19 Donnie Pearson, Oskaloosa; 11. 22R Todd Reitzler, Grinnell; 12. 409 Howard Gordon Jr., Oskaloosa; 13. 84 Danny Thrasher, Agency; 14. 73C Carl Yaw Jr., Pleasant Hill; 15. 62 John Hunnell, Des Moines. 

Heat 1 – 1. Reitzler; 2. Wood; 3. Thornton; 4. Carter; 5. Griffiths; 6. Hughes; 7. Harward; 8. Yaw.

Heat 2 – 1. Brown; 2. Agee; 3. Lowry; 4. Pearson; 5. Gordon; 6. Thrasher; 7. Hunnell.

Carter’s Manufacturing / Van’s Racing Sport Mods

 – 1. 1V Curtis VanDerWal, Oskaloosa; 2. 85 Jason McDaniel, Eldon; 3. 01 Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 4. 34Z Cory Van Zante, Sully; 5. 7 Blaine Webster, Ottumwa; 6. 95J Jason Hall, Grinnell; 7. 29 Colton Livezey, New Sharon; 8. 8T Tony Johnson, Oskaloosa; 9. 22V Jarret VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa; 10. T16 Taylor Elliott, Webster City; 11. 77F Jeff Frana, Ottumwa; 12. 55R Steven Berry, Ottumwa; 13. 5 Matt Beal, Oskaloosa.

Heat 1 – 1. Van Zante; 2. VanDerWal; 3. Webster; 4. Carter; 5. Elliott; 6. Frana; 7. Beal.

Heat 2 – 1. Livezey; 2. McDaniel; 3. Hall; 4. VanDenBerg; 5. Johnson; 6. Berry.

Parker Tree Service Hobby Stocks

– 1. 10 Dustin Griffiths, Hedrick; 2. 57 Scott Shull, Eldon; 3. 7B Eric Stanton, Carlisle; 4. 73 Aaron Martin, Richland; 5. 66 Brandon Cox, Norwalk; 6. 12 Mike Kincaid, Cincinnati; 7. 3 Travis Bunnell, Hedrick; 8. 42T Tyson Overton, Carlisle; 9. 47 Darin Dezwarte, Knoxville; 10. 55X Rick Goldsberry, Runnells; 11. 14 Christian Huffman, New Sharon; 12. 7K Kelsie Spilman, Hedrick; 13. 20H Brock Hopwood, Ottumwa; 14. 71S Dave Seddon, Knoxville; 15. 96R Jamie Songer, Ankeny; 16. 1R Rick Van Dusseldorp, Oskaloosa; 17. 13M Riley Meinders, Oskaloosa; 18. 2K Derek Kirkland, Centerville; 19. 55 Benji Clemons, Norwalk; 20. 54 Jesse Williams, New Sharon. 

Heat 1 – 1. Huffman; 2. Griffiths; 3. Kincaid; 4. Martin; 5. Overton; 6. Goldsberry.

Heat 2 – 1. Martin; 2. Cox; 3. Hopwood; 4. Van Dusseldorp; 5. Dezwarte; 6. Spilman.

Heat 3 – 1. Kirkland; 2. Shull; 3. Williams; 4. Seddon; 5. Songer; 6. Clemons.

Finish Line Auto Sales Sport Compacts

 – 1. 00W Bill Whalen Jr., Riverside; 2. 2H Jimmy Haring, Oskaloosa; 3. 5 Tyler Haring, Oskaloosa; 4. 99 Kyle Boyd, Ottumwa; 5. 52 Billy Cain, Bloomfield; 6. 02 Cody Phillips, Ottumwa; 7. 23B Jason Breuklander, Oskaloosa; 8. 14A Brandon Allison, Oskaloosa; 9. 42 Brandon Housley, Ottumwa; 10. 0 Ryan Havel, Iowa City; 11. 01C Bryan Claussen, Eddyville; 12. 23M Travis Musgrove, Beacon; DQ 41 Nathan Moody, Oskaloosa.

Heat 1 – 1. Housley; 2. Havel; 3. Moody; 4. Musgrove; 5. Tyler Haring; 6. Cain; 7. Claussen. 

Heat 2– 1. Phillips; 2. Whalen; 3. Breuklander; 4. Allison; 5. Jimmy Haring; 6. Boyd.

Statesmen Come Up Just Short vs. Wildcats

(CANTON, Mo.) – The William Penn Statesmen (13-32, 7-22 Heart) traveled to Canton Missouri to take on the Culver-Stockton Wildcats (28-23, 20-14 Heart) in a Heart doubleheader on Tuesday.

The Statesmen would battle hard but fall short in a couple of one run games by the scores of 4-3 and 7-6.

WPU 3, CSC 4

After surrendering two runs in the bottom half of the first inning, the Statesmen would get on the board in the third with a three run frame. The scoring started on a 2 RBI double by Roxanna Jensen (Sr., Coto de Caza, Calif., Psychology) to center-field. Jensen would finish 1-3 in the game. Dalaney Bice (So., Woodward, Iowa, Human Services & Psychology) would follow with a single, scoring jensen, to put the Statesmen ahead 3-2.

The Wildcats would get 2 runs back in the bottom of the fourth with the go-ahead run coming via a RBI single.

Katie Springer (Jr., Riverside, Iowa, Undecided) highlighted William Penn in the circle as the Junior would log 3.0 innings of 2 hit ball and allowing no earned runs.

WPU 6, CSC 7

After falling behind 5-1 in the early going of game two, the Statesmen would begin to mount a comeback in the top of the fourth as they would scratch for 2 and trim the Wildcats lead to 5-3. Rachael Trapp (Sr., Broken Arrow, Okla., Biology) would drive in a run on a sacrifice fly, scoring Alexa Blazek (Fr., Henderson, Nev., Biology). Later in the inning Sonia Reddy (So., Tracy, Calif., Exercise Science) would bring another runner home with an RBI single.

The Wildcats would get one of the runs back in the bottom half of the fourth and the Statesmen would respond by scoring a pair in the fifth on some sloppy play by the Culver-Stockton defense (2 errors).

In the seventh, the Statesmen would complete the comeback and tie things up at 6 when Reddy would come around to score on a double by Bice. Reddy finished the nightcap 2-4. Lexi Herbert (Jr., King City, Mo., Secondary Education) would also produce a multi-hit game going 2-4 with 2 RBI.

Unfortunately, the Statesmen would fall in the bottom of the seventh in walk-off fashion.

Next Up: William Penn will travel to Des Moines to take on rival Grand View in a conference doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 3:00 PM.

Tyler Steward Delivers for Dutch Baseball

The beginning of the day looked bleak for the Central College baseball team after it fell 7-0 in the opener of its doubleheader against Nebraska Wesleyan University Tuesday but freshman right-handed pitcher Tyler Steward (Norwalk) delivered for the Dutch in a 12-0 seven inning victory in the closing game.

Central continues Iowa Conference play Friday in Waverly, as the Dutch begin a three-game series against Wartburg College with a single nine-inning affair starting at 6 PM with a doubleheader beginning Saturday at 1 PM.

Oskaloosa Indians Sports Recaps

Osky Indians Track & Field

Oskaloosa Track & Field were in action again and the Top 3 finishes for the girls were: Emma Kelderman 2nd place in the high jump, Ava VandeWall 3rd place in the high jump, Lauren Coon 3rd place in the 3000 m run and Emma Kelderman 3rd place in the 400 m hurdles.

The girls came away with 3 personal records at Grinnell on Tuesday night. Emma Kelderman improved on her 400 hurdle time along with Sierra Worthington (100 m dash) and Hannah Cassens (200 m dash) improving their bests as well.

It was another strong field and the girls finished in 6th place.

Up next for the girls is the Pella Tulip Time Relays as well as Emma Kelderman high jumping at the Drake Relays on Thursday night. Next Tuesday is the LHC Championship meet which will be help in Indianola.

Osky Indian Golfers

The Oskaloosa boys golf squad competed well at their home invitational. They finished 4th and within striking distance of a few teams. Spencer Tucker finished as the runner-up with a 74. Spencer and Austin Hafner both battled back from slow starts and finished well. Noah Van Veldhuizen had a career best 18-hole round. Rian Yates played in his first high school tournament and competed well. Lucas Bunnell also shot one of his best career rounds.

The JV team finished ahead of 3 varsity teams.

The varsity team will be in action again tomorrow at The Preserve.

Mahaska County Courthouse Historical Marker to be Unveiled

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – The unveiling ceremony for the Mahaska County Courthouse Historical Marker is set for Tuesday, May 1 at noon. The ceremony will be located at the Courthouse, 106 South 1st Street on the Square in Oskaloosa and the public is invited to attend.

This is the second historical marker to be placed as part of the volunteer, community-based Historical Building Marker project. According to committee member Ann Brouwer, the project is made possible by the volunteer efforts of many people and businesses throughout the community.

Initially, eight downtown buildings and the fire station have been targeted by the group for historical markers. Each historical marker will include the year the building was built, pictures of the building through the years and a few interesting and fun facts to appeal to the community and visitors.

“The first historical marker dedication was held Feb. 15 at the Oskaloosa Fire Station and the response has been extremely positive,” Brouwer said. “People truly are interested in preserving our community’s history for future generations.”

“Thanks to the Oskaloosa Chamber and Development Group, which is hosting a webpage, people can get ‘the rest of the story’ regarding the building. A link to the webpage is located at the bottom of each historical marker,” Brouwer explained. “Because it’s a work in progress, we can add more information as it becomes available and we invite the public to contact us if they have information.”

According to research team leader, Calvin Bandstra, the Mahaska County Courthouse has a fascinating history. “We think many people will learn something they didn’t know through this project,” Bandstra said. “Local attorney Dave Dixon did the research on the courthouse and we were all so pleased with the end result.”

Brouwer and Vavra, as well as committee member, Jennifer Main, said many people are collaborating to make the historical markers possible. The markers themselves were designed by Tessa Van Veldhuizen. Committee members worked with John Grahek from Clow Valve, which is donating the brass for all of the markers. The mold to make the markers was developed by Tom Stone from Musco Lighting and donated to the committee.

Colt Mefford is donating his services to install the historical markers and Lyle Siefering of Mahaska Title is providing the “chain of ownership” on each building for the website. Corporate and individual sponsors have also come forward to cover additional costs.

If you would like more information or you have information to share about our historical buildings, contact Brouwer at 641-660-8075 or Vavra at 641-660-7504.

Keith Urban Serenades Nicole Kidman In Nashville

Keith Urban’s new album “Graffiti” U drops Friday, and he just performed a special preview show in Nashville, which featured a very special moment involving his wife, Nicole Kidman.

As he was performing the tune “Parallel Lines,” which was co-written by Ed Sheeran and Julia Michaels, among others, Keith brought Nicole to the stage to serenade her. Kidman even joined in, helping Keith out with the chorus. Check out video of the moment to the right.

Source: Keith Urban


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